In today's piece, 'Temptation' by Belgian painter Evariste Carpentier, our two subjects playfully interact, taking advantage of the seclusion offered by the woods, presenting a tender, whimsical scene. I imagine the umbrella shade in the background belongs to them, and they had taken a break from walking their livestock. I love Carpentier's rendering of the woods and how that same attention to detail is applied to our subjects' clothes, especially the woman's blue dress, with its odd patches and whatnot which feels taken from real life, lending an authenticity to the scene. And I enjoy how that otherwise unflattering dress wraps around her figure, emphasizing those womanly curves.
Citing the title, I find myself wondering which of the subjects is tempting the other, or they are both tempted by their own shared curiosity and physical desires.